Virat Kohli compiled a sparkling innings for Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2014 © IANS (File Photo)
Virat Kohli compiled a sparkling innings for Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2014 © IANS (File Photo)

 

By Bharath Ramaraj

 

May 20, 2014

 

On a wicket that was on the slower side, Royal Challengers Bangalore lost the plot early on, while playing against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 at Hyderabad. They lost both openers, Chris Gayle, the Jamaican marauder and Parthiv Patel early in the piece. However, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh and AB de Villiers at the right time looked to up the ante and that helped Bangalore to amass 160 for the loss of six wickets on the board.

 

The shot Kohli essayed over extra cover off the bowling of Karn Sharma was a sumptuous stroke. He also thwacked Irfan Pathan, the medium pacer over extra cover for another fine boundary during the 15th over of the innings. He compiled his fifty off just 34 balls for Bangalore. Kohli  finally lost his wicket to Pathan caught by Dale Steyn.

 

Yuvraj on the other hand, struggled a bit for timing and precise metre of placement during the early part of his innings. He was even slightly lucky a few times, as few of his shots fell just short of fielders in the deep. Just at the right time for Hyderabad though, Parvez Rasool enticed him to play a big shot and was caught at long-on by the ever agile fielder, Steyn. It meant that de Villiers, the sparkling batsman in Bangalore setup was again up against Steyn. He too played some wondrous strokes.

 

De Villiers smashed Darren Sammy, the captain of Hyderabad with effortless ease for a six during the end overs. Just like Kohli, he kept peppering the extra cover region all the time. Here is a batsman who can take the game away from the opposition ranks within no time. His strike rate during his innings was hovering around 200. To make it worse for Hyderabad, Shikhar Dhawan dropped a catch off de Villiers in the deep. Even Sachin Rana played a nice little cameo right at the end of the  innings

 

The track is a bit on the slower side, so Bangalore think-tank may feel confident enough of defending the target at Hyderabad. Earlier, Bangalore won the toss and elected to bat in their game against Hyderabad in IPL 2014. Parthiv was the one, who opened up his shoulders and essayed a boundary through covers.  Bhuvneshwar Kumar though, trapped him dead in front with the one that swung back into Parthiv.

 

It was Steyn, who bowled the second over for Bangalore. The pacer swung the ball away from Gayle. Kohli came into bat at No 3 position. Once they lost Parthiv, Bangalore batsmen tended to be cautious at the crease. Bhuvneshwar Kumar swung the ball into right-handed,  Kohli and struggled to find his length right. Gayle then, finally got going by compiling a boundary over covers.

 

Brief scores:

 

Royal Challengers Bangalore 160 for 6 in 20 overs (Virat Kohli 67, AB de Villiers 29; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2 for 27) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad.

 

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(Bharath Ramaraj, an MBA in marketing, eats, drinks and sleeps cricket. He has played at school and college-level, and now channelises his passion for the game by writing about it)